Young receivers will have to fight to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster

Improving their receiving corps over last season, the young wide receivers will now be forced to fight to make the Philadelphia Eagles 2017 roster.

Aug 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (18) runs with the ball after making a catch against Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (52) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

One of the weakest positional groups on the Philadelphia Eagles roster last season was also one of it’s youngest. Despite possessing Jordan Matthews, the Eagles offense struggled most of the times with a young and inexperienced receiving corps. Plagued by drops and an overall lack of production, Philadelphia has made some moves this offseason to improve this positional group.

Adding both Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery to their receiving corps this offseason, Philly now has some decisions to make in the coming months. Also potentially factoring into this scenario is if the Eagles select a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft. With all of this in mind, Philly may have it’s top four receiver positions all filled before the opening of training camp.


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This scenario would not be good news for the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor who both struggled last season with Philly. Despite possessing heaping loads of talent and ability, both players were extremely poor last season when it came to producing. With the receiving corps now rebuilt, both Agholor and DGB could fail to make the roster this season.

Also in the same boat with DGB and Agholor is Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. While both players played a minimal role last season, they have long been seen as inferior to both Agholor and DGB. Without a breakout performance in the preseason, it is unlikely that Treggs or Turner will beat out Agholor or DGB based on talent alone.

Playing extremely poorly last season, Nelson Agholor only managed to reel in 36 receptions for 365 yards. Matching Agholor’s poor performance was DGB who also recorded only 36 receptions for 392 yards. Both Treggs and Turner brought up the back of the field as the two players combined to only make 12 receptions last season.

Given the Eagles continued work to help improve the receiving corps this offseason, these four players are in danger of being cut during the preseason. That said, the four would not be big losses for the team given their production last season. The only question that remains is how hard will they fight for their jobs once the preseason arrives.

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